Joy Marie Baker-Mosser, 57, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, at her home in Rugby, ND. Her life’s journey here on earth ended after a long recurring battle with Multiple Myeloma Cancer. Joy was born in Port Angeles, Washington May 4, 1957, and was raised in Washington State. She attended college at NW Nazarene College in Nampa, ID and Idaho State University, Pocatello Idaho from 1975-1981. Joy then moved to Minot, ND in August 1981 working as a Speech/Language Therapist for the Souris Valley Special Services for 18 plus years. She continued her career in Mohall in 2001 and worked at Peace Garden Special Services for another 12 years. Joy enjoyed many things in her life but it was usually centered on her joy of working with children. She would “borrow” her friend’s children for the weekend, where they would cook, plant flowers, read books and just create. Joy loved reading books as long as she could. Her friends and family continued to read to her when she was too weak. She was strong in her faith and an active member at the Minot Nazarene Church, The New Horizons Church of the Nazarene in Mohall and the Evangelical Free Church in Rugby where she developed lasting friendships and continually nourished her faith until her final hours. Joy was preceded in death by parents Conrad and Bonnie Baker and “Auntie” a wonderful lady that raised Joy and her sibling with amazing love and guidance.
She is survived by her brother, Douglas Lee Baker (Brenda), of Tonopah, NV; sister, Sherri Lynn Baker-Miller (Robert) of Indian Springs, NV; stepchildren Daunne Heilman (Jason) of Rugby, ND; Nathan Mosser (Lori) of Devils Lake, ND; Carisa Hovland (Matt) of Grand Forks, ND; Daniel Mosser (Trisha) of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and so many friends that have become family, that Joy called them family.
Celebration of Joy’s life will be held October 27th, 10:00 am at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2500 West Central Ave. in Minot, ND.
Joy made the decision to donate her body to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine for research, in hopes that it would help come up with a cure for this horrible disease.
Special thanks to the amazing care of the HAMC, Rugby Hospice program. The heartfelt staff and volunteers truly became part of her family as they provided her with such dignity and love in her final days, and were able to fulfill her heart’s desire of staying in her home until her end.
The family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Joy’s favorite charities: Rugby Hospice c/o Heart of America, and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Minot.
Arrangements by Niewoehner Funeral Home of Rugby.
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